"The Pool" by Jen Lewin, Chalk The Block Festival, El Paso, TX, October 2013, photo by Brian Wancho

Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshops

Texans for the Arts Foundation signature ‘Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshops’ provide Texas’ arts organizations and arts leaders with tools to help them grow, address challenges facing them, and strengthen their roles as creative leaders in their communities.  


A very special thank you to the City of San Antonio's Department of Arts & Culture for hosting our signature Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop on October 11, 2017.  Held in conjunction with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's, this Workshop provided Texas’ arts organizations and arts leaders with tools to help them grow, address challenges, and strengthen their roles as creative leaders in their communities.

Special thanks to all of our presenters for generously sharing their time and expertise: Debbie Racca-Sittre, Director, City of San Antonio, Department of Arts & Culture; Cookie Ruiz, CFRE, Executive Director, Ballet Austinand President of the TFA Board of DirectorsAnn S. Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the ArtsSusana Segura, Project Development Coordinator at Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, and City of San Antonio Arts Commissioner, and the Honorable Texas State Representative Diana Arevalo 

We will keep you apprised of when and where we schedule our next Workshop! 


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In the words of an attendee of our Workshop conducted in Tyler in October 2014:

”I was so inspired and excited about the knowledge I received at your workshop that I am considering some continuing education and further work in the field of arts management…which would definitely be helpful to my art gallery business as well.”

–  Amanda Still, Allied ASID, Art Gallery Director, Hill Design Gallery, Georgetown, TX


Each Workshop includes a challenging professional development curricula with content for all levels and a primer on local arts advocacy that prepares attendees to be effective advocates for the arts and other issues in their communities.  Each Workshop features professional leaders in their fields who share their experiences and expertise, while listening and learning from attendees about challenges and opportunities particular to their own communities.

The curricula includes:

  • Developing a Fundraising Board

  • Fundraising Forum:  Tips and Trends in Fundraising

  • The Seven Faces of Philanthropy

  • Grantsmanship:  Building a 'fundable' Organization
  • Advocacy:  The Power of the Grassroots

  • Your Advocacy Soap Box

  • Understanding Municipal Policy & Advocacy

  • Texans for the Arts State Arts Advocacy Program

  • Elected Official Q&A:  What Works and What Doesn’t

Over the past two years, Workshops have been conducted in Abilene, Austin,  Brownsville, Irving, Galveston, Lubbock, Tyler, and most recently, Waco, Texas.  


If you and/or your organization would like to help host a Workshop in your community or if you would like additional information about the Workshop, please contact info@texansforthearts.com.


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 A very special thank you to Creative Waco, the Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Waco Hippodrome Theatre for hosting our signature Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop on February 24, 2016 in Waco.  

The Workshop was a tremendous success and included insightful commentary about advocacy and about the important role the arts play in our schools and in our communities by Texas Representatives "Doc" Anderson (R-Waco) and Kyle Kacal (R-Bryan). Special appreciation to Fiona Bond, Executive Director of Creative Waco, for extending the initial invitation to Texans for the Arts and for working with our Texans for the Arts' members of the Board of Directors who presented the workshop's curriculum. Over 60 attendees participated in the day long workshop.

Brownsville, TX October 8, 2015 Workshop Success!

A very special thank you to TFA Board members George Ramirez, President of the Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts, and Cristina Balli, Executive Director of Texas Folklife, for hosting a rewarding Workshop in Brownsville, TX on October 8th.  Joined by arts leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley, TFA board members Cookie Ruiz, CFRE, Executive Director of Ballet Austin, and Felix Padron, Executive Director of the City of San Antonio's Office of Cultural and Creative Development, and TFA Executive Director Ann S. Graham, led sessions on the "Seven Faces of Philanthropy", "Place Keeping", "Advocacy: The Power of the Grassroots", and more.

Special thanks, too, to the Honorable Rene Oliveira, State Representative from District 37, for being part of the workshop and sharing his perspective of what it is like to 'receive' advocacy and lobbying efforts - insights into what works and what doesn't!